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Dunno if folks get this problem, but I made up this spore syringe about a fortnight ago. I kept it in a dark cool and dry place. I make up some honey solutions in the pressure cooker and go fetch the syringe. Damn, there's white fluff in there in small spots with dark dots in the fluff.
Now it's obvious there's no way I'll use it, but does anyone get this problem with stored syringes and further to the question, does anyone have any idea what the contam is? I've read cobweb mold has tiny black dots in the mycelium, is this it?
Hard to get a pic of the syringe contents.
It was tap water, not distilled water. Though to date, I've had no problems with tap water made spore syringes to inoculate PF cakes and grains jars.
However, this is the longest period of time to date in my project of leaving a spore syringe in storage. I normally use within 3 days and as said, no drama.
My only other input to the matter is that there's been a bad drought in my parts and it's possible that the tap water could be higher in mineral content, thus possible nutes -- where life can not only germinate, but grow. TIA
The problem with tap water when making syringes is that it carries mineral and organic material. Destilled water is better for syringes. The white stuff germinating inside the syringe could be about anything , even mycelium. You could prevent such problem (when using tap water) by putting the syringe inside refrigerator (not the freezer). You can test that syringe in one jar when you make your next batch. Just an idea.